Helping educational organisations to go digital

The JRC has designed the first pan-European conceptual model to help educational organisations self-assess the use and integration of digital technologies and resources in the learning process.

The JRC has designed the first pan-European conceptual model to help educational organisations self-assess the use and integration of digital technologies and resources in the learning process. The framework also supports policymakers in devising policies for their effective deployment at regional, national and European level. This work supports the European Commission’s objectives to improve digital skills and learning and the initiative Opening up Education which aims to stimulate ways of learning and teaching through digital technologies and digital content.

The European Framework for Digitally-Competent Educational Organisations (DigCompOrg) can be used as a basis for self-assessment or for further development of strategies to embrace digital-age learning at all levels of the educational journey. Although it is intended for primary and secondary schools, vocational education and training centres, as well as higher education institutions, it can also help Member States to tailor support for schools, training centres and universities alike. Representatives of the EU Member States supported the development of the framework as well as experts involved in the development of existing initiatives at Member States level.

The framework aims to improve transparency and comparability between related initiatives throughout Europe and helps to address uneven development across Member States. It is developed by the JRC on behalf of the Commission’s Directorate-General Education and Culture.

Integration of digital technologies for learning implies a change in three basic dimensions: pedagogical, technological and organisational. DigCompOrg refers to activities related to teaching, learning, assessment and learning support, and do not cover the full range of administrative and management information systems that may be in use within an educational organisation.

The European Framework for Digitally-Competent Educational Organisations (DigCompOrg) includes 74 descriptors which are represented as sectors of a circle, emphasising they are inter-related and inter-dependent.
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During 2016, the JRC will deploy field research to test a self-assessment questionnaire based on the DigCompOrg framework in a number of primary and secondary schools as well as vocational education and training centres in three EU countries. A consolidated version of the self-assessment questionnaire and conceptual framework will be released by the end of 2017.

Background

Although each EU country is responsible for its own education and training systems, EU policy is designed to support national action and help address common challenges, such as ageing societies, skills deficits in the workforce, technological developments and global competition. Education and training 2020 (ET 2020) is the framework for cooperation in education and training.

In this context, the JRC has a long standing close collaboration with the Commission’s Directorate-General Education and Culture in the area of digital technologies for innovation in education and training. Its research focuses on how to make better use of digital technologies for rethinking learning, for innovating education and training and for addressing new skills requirements (e.g. digital competence, entrepreneurship) that would help generate growth, employment and social inclusion.

www.ekt.gr, with information from European Commission